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    Jogging / Running/ Training ...

    Hello,
    I have been an avid runner/jogger since my Senior Year in High School. I've been logging at least 20 miles a week since then ---sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less, but I am hoping to run my 2nd Half-Marathon later this year.
    Do you guys have any suggestions for better equipment, or necessary equipment for such an endeavor? I basically ran the first half-marathon on a whim and had no idea what I was getting myself into ---and it was mostly adrenaline and the unknown that had me pumping my legs for the entire race.
    Lately, however, I have been realizing that my shoes are less-than-stellar, and I am getting blisters at an accelerated pace compared to in the past. I feel as though I could use different shoes, socks, and trying to determine if listening to music will help.


    Just wanted to start a quick little thread and get a conversation going about running ---if anything, perhaps we can exchange some stories and reasons why we run. I really wish someone would get me a subscription to Runner's Magainze, haha ...I always enjoy reading the back page interview. I think the most recent one is with Tedy Bruschi from ESPN and formally of the New England Patriots. I believe he is training for the Boston Marathon and organizes a team effort. Anybody ran in a big race like that, or any other significant event that I should put on my list of races?

    I work for an airline and have the ability to fly for free to different states/locations for great races. I would love to hear some suggestions on cool races. I enjoy running 10 k's anywhere!

    Thank you,

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    Quote Originally Posted by comedianevil View Post
    I enjoy running 10 k's anywhere!
    As you know, I've run plenty of 5 k's but never a 10. My goal is to run at least one 10 k this year.

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    Eric - have you set and met your goals for the 5k races? It's always important to continue to strive toward a Personal Best (PB).
    And also, it took me forever to actually follow through with my plans to run my first Half-Marathon ---the key is to pick a date/race and sign up for it ahead of time ---that way you cannot back out. It will also help you develop a training schedule to build up to the 10k distance (considering that you will be stretching your distance from a 5k to a 10k).

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    What kind of time does it take to run a 5k ?
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llanlad View Post
    What kind of time does it take to run a 5k ?
    Given the amount you run, you should be able to cover 5km in around 25 minutes.

    I was going to point you to www.parkrun.org.uk, but there are none in North Wales. comedianevil - if you're ever in the UK and fancy a cheeky run, check it out. They happen every Saturday around the country and are free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs View Post
    Given the amount you run, you should be able to cover 5km in around 25 minutes.

    I was going to point you to www.parkrun.org.uk, but there are none in North Wales. comedianevil - if you're ever in the UK and fancy a cheeky run, check it out. They happen every Saturday around the country and are free.
    ...it's funny that you mention ever being in the UK - I have family in Felixstowe. I will be back in the UK perhaps early next year. Where are you at in the UK? And yes, 25-30 minutes is a good time for a 5k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comedianevil View Post
    Eric - have you set and met your goals for the 5k races?
    Yes, I've met my goal of finishing in under 30 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs View Post
    Given the amount you run, you should be able to cover 5km in around 25 minutes.
    Thats me done posting in this thread.
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comedianevil View Post
    Where are you at in the UK?
    I live in Bristol, which is in the South West. I've just discovered that there's a Park Run US. It's not quite so well supported though...

    http://www.parkrun.us/events/

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Sprague View Post
    Yes, I've met my goal of finishing in under 30 minutes.
    Which means a new goal, right?


    In case I'm misrepresenting myself as a runner by entering this thread, I should set that straight - I rarely run now, due to some shin problems I developed when we had an ITH fitness party thread about 7 years ago. The pain only appears when I'm moving forwards; lateral movement doesn't seem to cause a problem. This is quite fortunate as I'm a racquet sport man - primarily tennis, with a bit of squash thrown in for fun.

    I'm 90% certain that my shin issues developed because I was running in badly fitting shoes. I've spoken to some very experienced runners about this, and every one of them goes to a proper running shop and has their gait analysed, either by a specialist watching them run, or using electronic equipment (some filming, others running over an electronic pad). Interestingly, none of them appears to give a shit about what socks they wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llanlad View Post
    Thats me done posting in this thread.
    Lol. I thought you ran every morning? I'd made an assumption that it was further than once around the block. I was also under the impression that you had a whippet-like physique like me, not a fatty-fatty-boom-boom one like hawk. You should fly around 5k!

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    I've become a pretty avid runner over the past few years, starting with couch to 5k and progressing to completing a marathon last fall. When I started I was literally unable to run for a minute at a time and I feel like I could pretty much run a half-marathon anytime I want to now (I think I've done 5 of them). I'm currently training for a relay race that will be held in the mountains of West Virginia on forest trails. It will go for 36 hours or so and there are 8 of us on a team who will run in three shifts each. I'm finding that running on hilly trails with lots of rocks and roots is not only more fun, but lots more difficult -- I run a minute or two slower per mile and feel like I've gone twice as far. I initially ran because I realized that I was horrifically out of shape due to a sedentary life style and just figured that was the one exercise regime I could stand to do and found that I really enjoy it.

    There is a massive 10k in Virginia called the Monument Ave 10k which goes off every spring that attracts people from all over the country. I think its like the 3rd biggest 10k in the world. I run it every year. The biggest 10k is the Peachtree 10k in Atlanta, which I've often thought of doing but never have.

    I'm a bit obsessed with the perfect running shoe. Brooks is my preferred brand, after much experimenting. I run in the Pure Flow for treadmill and shorter distances, the Ghost for my longer runs and I'm currently choosing between the Pure Grit and the Cascadia for the trail. Finding shoes that really fit your foot makes a big difference, especially when you start getting up in distance. When I was training for the marathon last year I was getting up around 50 miles per week and even with really well-fitted shoes I was tearing up my toes. You need to find a good store that does nothing but sell running shoes and can evaluate your gait and suggest a good shoe for you. I'm a big dude (6'3" 210#) and the first running store I tried put me in what are called "stability" shoes which they often give to anyone big. This was a big mistake for me and I had knee problems until I switched to neutral shoes and they immediately went away and never returned. I also used to blister between two toes and the Injinji toe socks were a god send for me, completely eliminating that problem. My wife loves Balega socks, which are too thick and cushiony for me.

    I have strong opinions about nearly everything running related and love to talk about it. I'm not very fast and no expert, but I love it. As a point of comparison for Llan, despite running for three years, I can't run a 5k in 25 minutes -- I'm still around 26 minutes. Some people can hit 25 with almost no training, but that would be a tremendous time for me. I have a friend who decided to run a 5k us on a whim with no training at all who did 22 minutes, but he weighs like 110 pounds and is obviously in pretty great shape. I think I ran something like 33 minutes in my first 5k and was thrilled to do that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs View Post
    Lol. I thought you ran every morning? I'd made an assumption that it was further than once around the block. I was also under the impression that you had a whippet-like physique like me, not a fatty-fatty-boom-boom one like hawk. You should fly around 5k!
    I do normally run every week day morning ... although ive slacked off badly in the last 3 weeks ... starting again big time on Monday morning.

    I run on my treadmill for about 35 minutes and im closer to 4km than 5km in that time.

    Saying that ... i never really run for longer than 2 months .. i tend to stop abruptly and then start up again on a whim .. so i kinda reach a half decent level of fitness and then im back on the orange clubs.

    As for a whippet-like figure .. is 5/9 and a bit and 13 stone a whippet like figure ? .. im pretty solid really

    Ive always thought hawk was fat .. im going to start calling him podgy.
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llanlad View Post
    I run on my treadmill for about 35 minutes and im closer to 4km than 5km in that time.
    Are you sure that's not miles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Llanlad View Post
    As for a whippet-like figure .. is 5/9 and a bit and 13 stone a whippet like figure ? .. im pretty solid really
    If you believe in BMI, you fall in the overweight category... hmm, maybe it really is 4km...

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    I get no respect on ITH .. im hoping the new mods will do a better job at protecting me from this kind of stuff ..

    The previous mods just turned a blind eye to it all ... most of them actively encouraged it.

    Eric ... over to you my friend .
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llanlad View Post
    I get no respect on ITH .. im hoping the new mods will do a better job at protecting me from this kind of stuff ..

    The previous mods just turned a blind eye to it all ... most of them actively encouraged it.

    Eric ... over to you my friend .
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